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Phuket requests 470,000 vaccine doses as booster shots

Phuket requests 470,000 vaccine doses as booster shots

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Government has filed a formal request for 470,000 doses of COVID vaccine to provide as a third ‘booster’ jab in Phuket, Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 25 August 2021, 12:19PM

Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, also confirmed that COVID-19 Care Centers are being set up in every subdistrict in Phuket. Photo: PR Phuket

Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, also confirmed that COVID-19 Care Centers are being set up in every subdistrict in Phuket. Photo: PR Phuket

Dr Chalermpong did not specify which vaccine was requested to provide the booster jabs.

“We have already filed a request to the central government for 400,000 doses as the third dose for the general public, and another 70,000 vaccine doses specifically for people who are older than 60 years old and those who have [one of the seven recognised] chronic diseases,” Dr Chalermpong said on Monday (Aug 23). 

“The doses of vaccine will be used to boost our people’s immunity and will help the Phuket Sandbox continue as the role model under the goal to open the country [to tourism] in October,” he said. 

“For the current vaccination campaign, we have been continuing to provide vaccination injections, especially to people who are older than 60, those with the seven chronic diseases, and women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant, as these groups of people are considered as at risk of infection and developing severe symptoms,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“We are providing Sinovac as the first dose and AstraZeneca as the second dose for them, but elders will receive two AstraZeneca doses for sure,” he said.

“Right now, our number of new infected cases has been increasing every day because we have been conducting proactive screening in communities across the island. Most of the new cases are ‘Green’ patients who are already fully vaccinated with two doses of Sinovac. They do not have any symptoms, or have only light symptoms just like having a normal cold,” he said.

“They are taken to the field hospitals and the COVID-19 Care Centers, which are now being set up in every subdistrict [on the island]. Our health officers and staff have closely checked their symptoms while they are in quarantine at the venues,” he continued.

“I believe that we will be able to control and decrease the number of new infected cases soon, as we have good cooperation from local administrations for setting up the COVID Care Centers and from the people themselves who are being placed in quarantine,” Dr Chaerlmpong concluded.

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ematt | 26 August 2021 - 14:36:24

Christy, Foot, and Kurt are wrong on all points. Countries all over the world are recommended a mixed dose regimen for greater efficacy and protection against severe disease. Stop moaning. 

Christy Sweet | 26 August 2021 - 13:17:09

The USA with its superior efficacy vaccines is embarking upon a 3rd booster dose. I'm worried when I go for my 2nd they will try to give me AZ and in fact contacted me today to delay the appt by 10 days. I'll go on original date - not interested in mixing vaccines, just being protected from serious illness is fine. 

Kurt | 26 August 2021 - 09:43:25

No one in the world is interested in the left-over stock of Sinovac anymore, only Thailand. Of course, for dump prices + kick backs. Or it benefits the population is not the question. By now worldwide scientists condemn the use of different vaccines for 1st and 2nd jab. Only in Thailand  thinking is not medical, but business.

JohnC | 26 August 2021 - 09:17:36

@fascinated. Gold! LMAO

Foot | 26 August 2021 - 08:54:42

So, the first dose will be Sinovac which has shown little effect against the Delta Covid variant.  Which means only 1 dose of Astra.  It would appear that this plan would do nothing to help protect people, so why bother?

Madeinswiss | 26 August 2021 - 00:18:14

Nobody is smart to uderstand the problem... You dont need a third dose of sinovac but... a good vaccine working like pfizer or moderna., that's easy to understand

Christy Sweet | 25 August 2021 - 18:55:04

Thalang hospital gave me  Sinovac on a walk in basis and set up the second dose 
 appt. in three weeks. My objections were to the  immigration bureau's involvement in the process. Smart move eliminating their house registration hostage situation. Now if I could just get 2 doses of Pfizer- and that's Ms. please. 

DeKaaskopp | 25 August 2021 - 14:45:57

@Fascinated   To answer your question: Mrs.Sweet got her first jab already, but Mr.Kurt is still waiting for his vaccine of choice to be delivered.

Svcoquette | 25 August 2021 - 14:42:34

Just got our 2nd Astra Zenaca shot at Phuket airport. Everything went well and quick. Helpful English speaking people to assist in filling out the forms and escorting us through. Very impressive! Thank you.

Fascinated | 25 August 2021 - 13:12:39

Have Kurt and Ms Sweet had their first one yet? Stand by for rants if not! 


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